In 1964, while on a trip to Paris, the American writer and art genius James Lord is asked by his friend, the famous painter Alberto Giacometti, to pose for a portrait. Giacometti assures that it will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord accepts. The portrait of a genius, a friendship between two different personalities united by the act of creation. But this meeting will turn into a confrontation between two powerful men.